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TAKE PART – research network on cultural participation

TAKE PART is a network of researchers and professionals engaged in the investigation of contemporary forms of cultural participation. The ideal of turning citizens and users into “participants” currently play an important role in the arts, in cultural institutions and in society in general. In TAKE PART we investigate different forms of participation. We compare the various motivations, practices, outcomes and models of cultural participation. And we explore if and how cultural, social and political participation interact.

Our key questions are if and how

  • new (ideas of) communities are created in artistic and cultural participation
  • cultural participation is influenced by the dwindling political and institutional legitimacy of the welfare state
  • the cultural sphere functions as an arena in which participants have influence on issues affecting their everyday lives
  • we can examine the values and outcomes ​​of various forms of participation

In TAKE PART we advance the investigation of these issues by promoting exchange and collaboration between separated research environments and between theoretical and practice-oriented research. The network has around 80 members from seven universities and 25 cultural institutions. 


The project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2018




Fri 14 Jun
15:00-15:45 | Institut for Kommunikation og Kultur Langelandsgade 139, bygn. 1584, lokale 124 8000 Aarhus C
Inaugural lecture by professor Birgit Eriksson: “Kultur og deltagelse”
After the lecture there'll be a reception in the kitchen on the fouth floor in building 1580 from 3.45pm-5.45pm. Everyone's welcome!
Wed 19 Jun
08:00-23:00 | 19-20 June 2019 University of Leeds, Stage@Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT
PARTICIPATION AS POLICY, PRACTICE AND METHODOLOGY – Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation
19-20 June 2019 University of Leeds, Stage@Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT


2019.01.30 | Conference

TAKE PART seminar 10.-11.4.2019: TRANSFORMING CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS AND THEIR USERS – Current Agendas in the Interdisciplinary Turn to Participation

The seminar introduces, and offers a space for discussing, important current agendas for cultural institutions interested in participation. It begins with the premise that the present cultural, institutional and academic interest in participation often challenges traditional professional practices as well as distinctions like…

2018.05.03 | Conference

Birgit Eriksson: Conference in Manchester

A chance to continue the highly inspiring discussions on everyday participation that some of us engaged in at our own Cultures of Participation conference. Anne Scott Sørensen and I will go.

2018.01.19 | Workshop

New network on participatory art in Japan and Denmark

The international research network CCCA (Collaboration and Community-Building in Contemporary Art) is hosting its first workshop in Tokyo, January 31-February 1, 2018.

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Birgit Eriksson

H 1582, 348
P +4587163086

Assistant coordinator